UNICEF to assist Karaganda region to prevent 0-3 child abandonment and suicides among adolescents

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ASTANA. March 20. KAZINFORM UNICEF is set to assist the Karaganda Region authorities to prevent 0-3 child abandonment as well as solve issues of suicides among adolescents.

UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Jun Kukita said during a meeting with the Karaganda region leadership on 15 March in Karaganda that the region had all the potential - knowledge, experience and committed people - to develop a multisectoral model to meet the best interests of child, especially the most vulnerable, while UNICEF could bring international consultants and share experts' evidence-based knowledge on child issues in order to strengthen the system.

The UNICEF Representative, accompanied by other UNICEF staff, visited the Shapagat Baby Home in Karaganda, which houses children from 0 to 3, the Youth Friendly Services Centre and the Asem boarding school for children from 4 to 18 deprived of parental care. As part of the special joint programme, focus will paid to creating a system on the primary health care level to identify and work with those pregnant mothers who are at risk of abandoning their future babies. The first three years are very important for the child's mental, physical, psychological and social development, and this is jeopardized if the child does not grow in a loving family, the press service of the UNICEF Kazakhstan said.

UNICEF learned about the vigorous activities carried out by both the Karaganda authorities as a whole and Youth Friendly Service Centres in the region in particular to advocate for healthy style life and appreciation of life by adolescents. UNICEF pledged to assist the YFS centres with sharing world expertise in prevention of suicides among adolescents.

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